Expunction Attorneys in the Woodlands Helping You Turn Over a New Leaf with Expunction
Everybody makes mistakes in their life. Everybody has a past. Not everyone’s past choices haunt them for the rest of their lives as a criminal past does. Anyone with a criminal record trying to recover from poor choices and change their future will tell you that.
Expunction is a way to fix that, as it is possible to remove some criminal offenses from your record for good. Expungement is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of a criminal offense or arrest is essentially “erased.” There are many reasons a person might choose to expunge their record, including:
- Better career opportunities
- More choices for education
- More choices for housing
- No more stigma or lousy reputation associated with a criminal record
What is Expungement?
Expungement is the legal removal of a person’s record. It’s as if certain offenses never happened. Being able to clear your name is a dream come true for many people with a criminal past. There are certain charges eligible for expunction in Texas, including:
- Arrests that resulted in a person being released and not charged with an offense
- Criminal charges that were dismissed, excluding dismissals after deferred adjudication
- Criminal charges that did not result in a guilty verdict
- Criminal charges that resulted in acquittals
- Arrests in which a person’s name appears by mistake
We can help you understand the laws around expungement, as they can be confusing and sometimes misleading. Contact our attorneys with Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, to discuss options for your criminal record. Call: 713-766-3733 to set up your consultation.
How Much Does Expungement Cost?
There are administrative and attorney fees involved in expungement. The first step in the expungement process is to ensure you are eligible for expungement before paying any filing fees, as they are non-refundable. The filing fee is about $300, and the average expungement lawyer might cost around $1,500 to handle the paperwork and filing process.
In most cases, it takes about 30 days to schedule a hearing date after the petition for expunction is filed. The process, overall, takes about four to six weeks. If an expungement is granted, it takes up to 180 days for local, state, and federal agencies to destroy their records.
Schedule your consultation with Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, to discuss our current rates regarding expunction so you are prepared and know what to expect. Contact us to learn more: 713-766-3733.
Who Qualifies for Expungement in Texas?
Not all criminal records are eligible for expunction. Our attorneys will review your criminal record first to see if you qualify for expungement. In Texas, the following types of criminal records are not eligible for expunction:
- Arrests that resulted in a guilty conviction
- Arrests that resulted in probation or community supervision, except for class C misdemeanors
- Any criminal charges that have been dismissed and are within the statute of limitations
Many misdemeanor convictions qualify for expungement, from traffic to non-violent crimes to trespassing and vandalism, so don’t lose hope in clearing your name. Call Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, first to see what’s possible for your situation. Contact us at: 713-766-3733.
Can I Hire an Expunction Lawyer to Help Me?
Criminal records hold people back in many areas of life. If you have grown tired of your criminal record and are curious about ways to change your future, our attorneys can see if you qualify for expungement.
Texas laws around expungement often cause more confusion than clarity, so the first step in our process will save you time, money, and frustration. Schedule your consultation, and we will review your record to see if you’re eligible for expungement.
Move forward with confidence and Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law. We can handle all of the necessary paperwork and filing on your behalf to ensure a smooth process. Schedule your consultation and get started today: 713-766-3733.